NUTRITION ASSISTANT
Full Time
November 29, 2023
Lilongwe, Malawi
December 4, 2023

Company: Lighthouse Trust

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Overview

Lighthouse Trust is a registered Public Trust established to manage Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and provide leverage for leadership and delivery of integrated HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services in Malawi. Lighthouse has been involved in the development of locally applicable HIV care and treatment models. It is strategically positioned in Malawi’s national HIV response due to its close collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH). The Lighthouse in close coordination with MoH provides integrated services at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Bwaila Hospital, and some health facilities in urban and rural areas in Lilongwe, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Zomba Central Hospital and Mzuzu central hospital in Mzuzu. Its strategic approach focuses on client-centred care based on four goals which are:

Goal 1: Service delivery: to enhance high-quality, integrated HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for adults and children

Goal 2: Model interventions and operations research: to develop, pilot, evaluate, and disseminate innovative programs and policies across the continuum of prevention, treatment, care and support for HIV infection and its co-morbidities, both infectious and non-infectious.

Goal 3: Quality management: to ensure that all patients at Lighthouse clinics and all supported sites are receiving quality health care and services as recommended by the MoH and other health development partners by utilizing quality improvement (QI) methodologies in a multidisciplinary team approach.

Goal 4: Capacity strengthening: to build and strengthen healthcare capacity for high quality HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.

Lighthouse Trust, with support from the United States of America President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through a Cooperative Agreement with Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has a grant to operate Centres of Excellence for Comprehensive Integrated HIV Care and Treatment Services in Lilongwe (Grant #NU2GGH002131). In order to achieve the above – mentioned goals, Lighthouse wishes to recruit a highly qualified and experienced person to fill the position of:

NUTRITION ASSISTANT (1 position)

Reports to : Senior Clinical Officer
Team : Clinic
Location : Martin Preuss Centre in Lilongwe

Purpose of the Position
The Nutrition assistant will work with and under the supervision of the nutritionists to support patient health and well-being through proper nutrition. The nutrition assistant will work directly with patients to observe patients for signs of malnutrition and offer necessary support and treatment where necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities

Major roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. To monitor that nutrition screening at the vital signs station is done correctly. Monitor that all anthropometric instruments are functioning correctly and are available.
  2. To ensure all patients referred to the Nutrition office are assigned into the correct nutrition care plan. With
    appropriate follow updates, and therapeutic foods rationed according to the Malawi NCST guidelines with relevant counselling through use of related job aids and demonstrations.
  3. To strengthen documentation on patient care and follow-up in registers, client management form, with correct transitioning of patients when necessary.
  4. Monitor Lighthouse facility therapeutic food stock, update stock card and conduct regular physical count.
  5. Participate in the evaluation of nutrition services/activities.
  6. Write monthly reports for nutrition activities and service provision at Lighthouse facilities through the Nutritionist.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Competencies

  1. A Diploma in a nutrition related field
  2. Working experience in the NCST and CMAM programs
  3. Good counselling and nutrition education skills
  4. Good Interpersonal skills
  5. Self-starter and innovative
  6. Good at oral and written English
  7. Fluency in English and Chichewa will be strongly advantageous

Application Procedure
Eligible internal candidates meeting the required qualifications and experience should send their applications with a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of certificates, names, addresses and telephone numbers of three traceable referees.

Applications should be received not later than 4th December, 2023 to the following address:

The Executive Director
Lighthouse Trust
Kamuzu Central Hospital
P. O. BOX 106
LILONGWE
Or email to: recruitment@lighthouse.org.mw

Only those shortlisted candidates will be communicated.